Michael Sragow

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For 1,039 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Howl's Moving Castle
Lowest review score: 0 Margot at the Wedding
Score distribution:
1039 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The Assassination of Richard Nixon makes Bicke suffer the greatest indignity: it turns him into a relentless bore.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Stripped of texture, even the sharpest comments come off as bromides.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    This movie's biggest contribution to film history will be resurrecting Davies' reputation as a natural comedian stuck in deadly costume pictures because her lover wanted her placed on a pedestal.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    This movie asks us to "accept the good" in life - not a bad message. But to overpraise Things We Lost in the Fire would be to accept the mediocre.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    It's doubly disappointing that all the subplots about Ace and Wallace and their fathers intertwine in increasingly predictable ways.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Yet it's pretty in all the wrong ways: pretty slight, pretty preachy and pretty affected.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    With all the good will in the world, I couldn't warm up to Kit Kittredge. The movie is like a 1930s or 1940s short about Americans pulling together, stretched out to feature length.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Bubble is the moviemaking equivalent of the worst narrative journalism. Every bit of "human interest" is so painstakingly planted, so determined to be applauded for its observation and sensitivity, it ends up seeming as slick and bogus as the worst Hollywood blockbuster.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The problem isn't the history that the filmmakers leave in, but how much they leave out.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    In Robert Gordon's script, Handler's hilariously literate bouts of psychological torture develop no consistent tone, voice or momentum.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    As a whole, The Matrix Reloaded is thin on magic, charm, surprise and fun. It's less like an all-out escape, or even a thrill ride, than a sensory workout. At best, it's a treadmill-like bridge to the hoped-for splendors of episode three, The Matrix Revolutions.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    They put the material on lifts - and end up tripping into TV dramedy land.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    If only De Niro or screenwriter Eric Roth had the instinct to play some of this for laughs or even outrageous burlesque. Despite their conviction and intelligence and their game, amazing cast, all they do is eke out a series of straight-faced dramatic reversals and personal betrayals that leave the dramatis personae, and the audience, numb.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Thanks to Suvari, audiences laugh nervously at the mortification of soul and flesh, but she doesn't really do them much of a favor. She simply keeps them watching as a would-be gross-out comedy turns into would-be gross-out tragedy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Instead of exploding, it implodes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    All honesty, rebellion and suffering, but no depth.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    The movie mostly proves that cutting-edge humiliations are best absorbed in 25-minute segments on HBO.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    First-time director Swicord brews an atmosphere of geniality and warmth and brings a modicum of momentum to a happily discursive book.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Tang Wei brings a terrible and awe-inspiring purity to an impure character.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    It's Cheadle's rich emotionality and sense of humor that have gone seriously missing in Traitor.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    These actors have a firm playful grasp and a palpable affection for their characters' befuddled dignity and attraction. They understand what Wilde meant by the importance of being earnest.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    It's absolutely the classiest big-screen version of chick lit we're ever likely to see. But it still has all the lasting flavor of a Chiclet.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Sragow
    Owing more to the sword-and-sex-play fantasies of 12-year-olds than the traditions of Old English poetry, Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf will allow adolescents to have their cheesecake - and beefcake - and eat it, too.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Sragow
    The plotting is so rickety that the action hinges on suspicions roused by a character carrying a cigarette lighter and matches. Is that more rare or suspect than a man wearing a belt and suspenders?
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    It's like a breeze so slight it doesn't leave a tickle.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Yet [Smith] can't keep the movie from stopping cold with another hour left to go.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The Mist contains nary a dollop of wit and irony. As adapted and directed by Frank Darabont, there's no ambiguity either.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Caught up in its own macho symbolism, Jarhead fights a losing battle to show the human cost of warfare.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The movie leaves you in an awful tangle of amazement and disbelief: Amazement that Tuvia Bielski did turn a group of civilians into a nimble fighting force and a commune that could defend itself, but disbelief at his accomplishment's stagey and banal rendering.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    High School Musical 3 wore me out, but I'm not the target audience. My favorite high school musical was "Hamlet 2."

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